Reserva 1925 - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-23-2004

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Reviews by niangelo:
Photo of niangelo
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a not-excited gold with a foamy head.

Smells of mild malt, fruit, some hop.

Mouthfeel is a touch chewy for a basic lager, a little thicker than what I'd expect from a cerveza, and in a good way.

First taste is corn, but not adjunct corn, like the real-deal maize. Some tiny hop bite, a whiff of alchohol and a very refreshing finish.

A good brew. A welcome departure from standard macros.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pira
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a strong after taste.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The embossed green bottle is uncommonly fancy for a lager - it seems to imply higher quality (although the ingredient list mentions maize).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep amber colour with medium carbonation and some slight floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with decent stability; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of light malt with notes of harsh stewed leaves, overdone veg, corn and a hint of sulphur in the background. Deteriorates as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, overcooked veggies, solvent and corn. Rather harsh and astringent, with a hint of cardboard and slick, solventy booze in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily and tingly, with decent body. Somewhat acrid; dries the palate. Aftertaste of stewed leaves/veg/corn and alcohol.

Not very nice. A crappy lager with lots of unpleasant off-flavours and excessive booze. It's strength doesn't improve anything. It gets worse as it warms, but it wasn't good to begin with. Don't let the classy bottle deceive you - this is best avoided.

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of those import beers that I only seem to have when faced with the corresponding ethnic food, in this case, tapas always seems to match well with a '1925'. The stylish 330ml green bottle, with mucho raised type, informs us ahead of time that it's made with corn. Good to know, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with lots and lots of puffy, foamy, and frothy bone-white head, which leaves a consistent ring of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, crackery pale grain, a mild corn sweetness, nutty yeast, a bit of floral honey, and somewhat skunky grassy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, bready caramel malt, husky corn mash, more floral, earthy honey, still fairly skunky vegetal hops, and a moderately strong alcohol warming.

The carbonation is average, just a tame frizzante character throughout, the body a pretty solid medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, the alcohol taking its standard measure of flesh here. It finishes on the sweet side, muddled malt and alcohol carrying on through the siesta, alongside some unwelcome and persistent vegetal skunkiness.

Cool bottle aside, this prime candidate for being light-struck seems to have had its ticket punched, as such. Too bad, since I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but perhaps it was really the heat of the summer day, and the long-awaited paella.

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Alibi Room special import. Perfumy hops, then something off, or rotten later on in. Creamy head, creamy and also grainy mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. Drinkable and my rating is good for this one. Tigglmtl insists it is skunked and so could be.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alhambra Reserva 1925
500 ml green glass bottle

Appearance: Clear, amber-copper body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

Aroma: Malty with caramel and background notes of sweet bread. Subtle grassy hops. It's not bold but neither is it hard to find. Pleasant. Surprisingly not skunked given the green glass bottle.

Flavor: As the aroma indicates in every way. It's kind of like a malty Vienna lager with it's caramelish malt and mildly grassy, floral, and gently spicy (alcohol?) hops. A stiff bitterness anchors it and it finishes dry, subtly spicy, and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge and a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation that softens to smooth as it warms.

Overall: The bottle makes a great impression, and the beer has some depth of character to it. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Photo of sfprint
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

exp 5/31/12

A: Foamy and healthy head with lots of rising carbonation. Medium gold and transparent.

S: Very weak in smell. Actually hints of lime. Bits of grass, but very very weak.

T: Metallic, but also a fairly weak flavor. Higher alcohol is detectable but not negative. Grassy. But fairly neutral, a hair sour.

M: Watery.

O: The taste is Ok, but the rest really doesn't stand up.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Slightly skunky aroma with some grassy and spicy hops alongside biscuity and grainy malt.
Flavours are a little harsher but retain some of the spicy hops and grainy malt. Some cardboard notes.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a ginger-ale color lager with large bubble and a medium head with average retention. Very strange looking beer. Aroma of malt and crisp hops is clearly identifiable and no trace of skunk even though green bottle had to travel 3000 miles. Taste is quite refreshing with very fresh and crisp hops. Easy to distinguish from a pale lager and quite refreshing.

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with subtle hints of corn and grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by light flavors of malts. There is a light amount of bitterness, which masks any traces of sweetness. Slight bits of grassy hops are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink because it doesn't feel that heavy on the palate and does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste. Despite the green bottle, no skunk is evident. It's not a bad lager, except that it can be considered a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Managed to get a single of this at my local, recommended by the cashier who's opinion I trust. I like the embossed green bottle it comes in, no paper label on it whatsoever. Large frothy white head on the initial pour, with a fairly impressive head retention. Deep golden in colour with an amber tint to it, good carbonation seen through a clear body. Crisp grainy malt, almost bready, with herbal hops to round out the aroma. Sweet bready malt up front for the flavour, becoming more grainy in the middle, and finishing with a bitter, somewhat astringent hop character. A full mouthfeel for a lager, rolls over the palate and tongue, but has a bit of a caustic texture to it, making it more of a sipping beer than one to tip back and chug. More impressive than what I had been expecting, but still average all things considered.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The official blurb goes like this: Reserved for the most demanding palate. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality beer crafted to perfection. With its deep, exquisite taste and exclusive masterpiece in bottle design. Reserva 1925: Our vast brewing experience, to enchant the beer connoisseur.

My fancy bottle must hold something special: lets open it!

Poured @ home into a Duvel glass on 16 Nov 2012. Looked fine, in fact it looked good, a nice clear, clean, light amber body waith a full white head (at first).

The aroma was of malts and nuts, with a mini yeast presence in the smell as well.

The taste was more malts than hops with the alcohol content also being detectable in the mouth feel. Fairly thin for a 'super lager' and I'm sure three 33cl bottles would give almost anyone a hangover, even so I quite enjoyed the thing.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml engraved label bottle. Pokal glass. Review on jun´12 –enjoyed many times since Antonio, one of my best friends, bought it for me fifteen years ago. Bright golden color, crystal appearance. White, small bubbled, froth creates a close & creamy crown. Good retention. Sweet malty aroma & citric hop hues. Light body, moderate carbonation. Sweet maltiness & pleasant bitterness provide smooth & creamy palate. Very nice drinkability. Refreshing & flavorful.

Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 330 ml bottle with no label and bar code on cap. Closer inspection is a very attractive embossed bottle with Reserva 1925 on front and Alhambra on shoulder, back lists alcohol content, ingredients, and brewer (in spanish). Received free logoed, gold rimmed glass with purchase of 6 pack. Poured dark yellow, with bright white moderate head that left nice lace, and good carbonation. Flowery sweet aroma with added smell of hops and malt. Slightly sweet malt flavor well balanced with taste of grains. Full mouthfeel with a dry, somewhat bitter, hop finish.

Note to Self: Rated #4 Euro Strong Lager

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark gold beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell has some earthy aromas from the malt, the hops adds some grass and spices.

There is sweetness upfront, brown sugar, but also bread and wood, a good balanced bitterness. Almost a vinous feeling.

Medium carbonation, smooth, rather complex, a small dryness at the end.

A bit sweet but rather well balanced, worked well with dark meat.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nose spicey malts, corn, grass, faint skunkiness & burnt caramel. Taste crackers, slight spicey, grass, sweet malt, ABV, honey. Ok Pils!

Photo of nighthawk
2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33 cL bottle with best-before stamped on glass poured into pokal.

Pours a deep yellow that nears amber, producing a good-sized fluffy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

Grains and honey nose, bare hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings a big dose of sweet malt; sometimes honey-like, more often a candy sweetness, followed by a mild burst of bittering hops that are quickly swallowed up. Doesn't feel particularly light in the mouth. There's a stickiness to it that just doesn't fit. Not quite carbonated enough for my tastes, combined with the sweet taste, this seems almost syrupy. I was surprised to taste some warming alcohol near the finish.

The drinkability takes a hit from the syrupy quality. Can't imagine myself drinking more than one or two at a sitting. There's just nothing to balance the sweetness.

The bottle is intriguing - raised text for the ingredients and logos - but is unfortunately green, which can cause problems (though this bottle does not seem to have been lightstruck).

Photo of Thend
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, it's my favourite back home in Spain.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this on 9th Oct 2006, a present from Spain.
This was presented in a green unlabelled 330ml bottle with embossed writing on the glass.
Poured a very nice darkish shade of amber with a good dense white head that lasted and left lacing on the glass. Smell was very strong, bursting forth before the brew was poured. Smelled of dense "grassy" hops.
Taste was subdued hops with some other undertones (couldn't put a finger on it). Alcohol well disguised and a nice mouthfeel made this a good well crafted brew and quite drinkable.

Photo of MattMorin
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Did not care for this one

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber; small head; no real lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight honey; grassy

Taste: Very smooth and well balanced; wasn't too complex, but very drinkable; like a pale lager, but slightly sweeter

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden colour with a creamy two fingers foam taht takes its time to fade and leaves some lace. Smell... well, you can detect both malts and hops. Corn, liquor and a bit of barnyard. Creamy and sticky palate, medium to full body. Taste of corn, some caramel and liquor.

Photo of CraigS119
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow-amber with decent head retention. Malty aroma with some skunkiness, notes of Belgiumy yeast. Mild fruity flavors of grape skin and caramelized plantain accompany a strong, malty beer beverage. It's not great. I could see it accompanying a large, greasy pizza. Or a dimly-lit hipster-Euro-trash college party.


What she said: "It's very... something."

Photo of mfkr
2.02/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- A golden red color and a really good head.

S- Sweet malts and some hint of hops, felt a bit to artificial.

T- Lots of sweet malt flavor, some hops.

M- Thin body and low carbonation.

To sweet for a lager in my opinion, could be a good lager if it would get some more bitternes.

Serving: Bottle

Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep gold beer with a good white head. Palate is fairly dry with a light crispness. Dry malt, a little cream. Light minerals. A whisper of hop - and citrusy marmalade. Lingering finish with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Finishes smooth. A touch dry but okay.

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Reserva 1925 from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
77 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.